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Forest officials suspended after smuggled tiger cubs from Bangladesh’s Sundarbans forest recovered

Bangladesh said on Monday that nine forest officials had been suspended for “gross negligence” after three Bengal tiger cubs were found in a house in Dhaka where they were being kept by smugglers. Bangladesh’s elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) rescued the two-month-old cubs in June after a tip-off that the…

Rescuers save penguins caught in oil from leaking Turkish tanker

JOHANNESBURG — Fuel leaking from a Turkish freighter wreck that has been smashed up by a storm has contaminated at least five penguins on South Africa’s Robben Island, emergency services said Sunday. One penguin from the island had been rescued for treatment and cleaning and a team would also capture…

Extinct species Eritherium azzouzorum discovered in Morocco

The three living species of the order Proboscidea, the savanna and forest African and Asian elephants, surely rank among the most bizarre and extraordinarily derived placental mammals. They are, however, relics of a long and once species-rich lineage. Thanks to a recently discovered fossil, we now know that this evolutionary march…

The era of cheap food may be over

The last decade saw the end of cheap oil, the magic growth ingredient for the global economy after the second world war. This summer’s increase in maize, wheat and soya bean prices – the third spike in the past five years – suggests the era of cheap food is also…

U.S. experts probe beaching that killed 17 whales

MIAMI — US scientists are to investigate what led 22 whales to beach themselves in Florida — killing 17 of them — one of three such incidents in North America over the weekend. The dead whales will be “dispersed at different labs across Florida for necropsy,” or animal autopsies, Blair…

Hurricane Isaac storm surge reversed flow of Mississippi River

Hurricane Isaac storm surge reversed flow of Mississippi River As hurricane Isaac reached southeastern Louisiana as a Category 1 storm earlier this week, it did something unusual to the Mississippi River: It threw the river into reverse. For nearly 24 hours, according to the US Geological Survey, Isaac’s storm surge…

Thalidomide victims reject ‘insulting’ apology

Thalidomide survivors on Saturday rebuffed an apology by the German company that manufactured the drug, saying it was an “insulting” response to the thousands born disabled as a result of its use. In its first apology for the scandal in 50 years, Grunenthal said on Friday it was “very sorry” for its…

New smartphones could test for AIDS in rural Africa

South African and South Korean researchers are working on making a smartphone capable of doing AIDS tests in rural parts of Africa that are the worst hit by the disease, a researcher said Friday. The team have developed a microscope and an application that can photograph and analyse blood samples…

Mexico discovers hundreds of Ice Age bones

Workers have discovered hundreds of bones belonging to Ice Age animals, including mammoths, mastodons and glyptodons, while digging to build a wastewater treatment plant north of Mexico City. The bones could be between 10,000 and 12,000 years old and may include a human tooth from the late Pleistocene period, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History…

Scientists implant ‘world’s first’ bionic eye

Australian scientists said Thursday they had successfully implanted a “world first” bionic eye prototype, describing it as a major breakthrough for the visually impaired. Bionic Vision Australia (BVA), a government-funded science consortium, said it had surgically installed an “early prototype” robotic eye in a woman with hereditary sight loss caused…

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